Red Cadeaux

Red Cadeaux was a popular racehorse who was retired from racing, as a nine-year-old, after fracturing a fetlock in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria in November, 2015. Initially, the injury, while serious, was not thought to be life-threatening, but Red Cadeaux suffered ‘irreversible’ complications following surgery and was humanely euthanised later the same month.

Owned by high-profile Hong Kong solicitor Ronald Arculli and trained, in Newmarket, by Ed Dunlop, Red Cadeaux contested 54 races, worldwide, between April, 2009 and November, 2015. He won seven times, including once at the highest, Group 1 level – in the Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin in December, 2012 – and amassed just shy of £5 million in prize money. Dunlop described the death of Red Cadeaux as his ‘saddest day in racing’.

In happier times, Red Cadeaux may have earned himself a ‘nearly man’ tag, but also developed a cult following in Australia, having run in the Melbourne Cup five years running and finished runner-up on three separate occasions. Red Cadeaux first contested ‘the race that stops a nation’ as a five-year-old in 2011 and, although sent off a largely unconsidered 30/1 chance, led inside the final furlong and failed by a rallying head to beat the French-trained Dunaden.

After a creditable eighth, from a wide draw, in 2012, Red Cadeaux tried again in 2013. Once again, he defied odds of 60/1 by taking the lead inside the final quarter of a mile and just losing out, by three-quarters of a length, in a ding-dong battle with the locally-trained favourite, Fiorente. Back again in 2014, Red Cadeaux was readily outpaced by the German-trained Protectionist in the closing stages, but nonetheless filled the runner-up berth for the third and final time, collecting nearly £484,000 in prize money for his trouble.

Ken Rosewall

Australian Kenneth ‘Ken’ Rosewall was a force majeure in men’s tennis, amateur and professional, for 25 years in the second half of the twentieth century. A short, slightly-built individual, he was sarcastically nicknamed ‘Muscles’, but was renowned for his agility and speed, which saw him win 18 Grand Slam titles, including eight in men’s singles.

Indeed, Rosewall won the Australian Open four times, in 1953, 1955, 1971 and 1972, the French Open twice, in 1953 and 1968, and the US Open twice, in 1956 and 1970. However, he never won Wimbledon, despite reaching the final on four occasions. On the first occasion, in 1954, he was beaten 11-13, 6-4, 2-6, 7-9 by Jaroslav Drobný and on the second, in 1956, he was beaten 2-6, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6 by his compatriot, and doubles partner, Lew Hoad.

Later in 1956, Rosewall signed a professional contract with promoter Jack Kramer, meaning that he was stripped of membership of the All England Club and forbidden from playing in any of the Grand Slam tournaments. Consequently, he did not play at Wimbledon again until the arrival of the ‘Open Era’ in 1968, when he was beaten in straight sets by compatriot Tony Roche in the fourth round.

Rosewall did reach the men’s singles final at Wimbledon twice more, though; in 1970, he was beaten in five sets by another compatriot, John Newcombe and, in 1974 – 20 years after his first appearance in the final – he was beaten in straight sets by Jimmy Connors who, at 21, was 18 years his junior. Remarkably, later that year, Rosewall also reached the final of the US Open, but was again brushed aside by Connors, who won 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in under an hour.